These are the last know published photos of Layne Staley alive.
The photos were taken on February 26, 1997, when he and the other members of Alice in Chains attended the Grammy Awards.
Staley became more reclusive after this appearance, barely leaving his Seattle condo from 1997 until his body was found on April 19, 2002. Staley’s mother owns the last photo of Staley, taken on February 14, 2002, which features him holding his new-born nephew, Oscar. That photo has never been published.
UPDATE: On October 31, 1998, Staley attended a Jerry Cantrell solo show. He declined Cantrell’s request to sing with him on stage but a photo was taken of Layne backstage. This photo claims to be the last photo of Layne that has been publicly released (Layne is in the center)…
UPDATE 2: Another photo of Staley from a few months earlier in 1998 has recently surfaced. This one is from Alice In Chains’ last recording session together in Los Angeles in the late summer of 1998. AIC had gotten together to record two new tracks for their Music Bank box set, “Get Born Again” and “Died“.
Staley’s birthday was August 22, so the photo was taken on or around that day.